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Astor of Hever, Baron (UK, 1956)


Creation: let. pat. 21 Jan 1956


Family name: Astor




Argent eight Barrulets Sable over all resting on a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist proper gauntleted Gules a Falcon also Gules in chief two Fleurs de lys of the last


Rising from a Mount Vert a Falcon proper ensigned by three Mullets Or


Dexter:  the figure of Aesculapius proper;  Sinister:  the figure of Mercury also proper


Ad Astra (To the stars)



John Jacob [Astor], 1st Baron Astor of Hever, JP DL

2nd son of William Waldorf [Astor], 1st Viscount Astor, by his wife Mary Dahlgren Paul, dau. of James William Paul, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


20 May 1886


28 Aug 1916 Lady Violet Mary Mercer Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice (widow of Maj Lord Charles George Francis Petty-Fitzmaurice later Mercer Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice MVO, 2nd son of Henry Charles Keith [Petty-Fitzmaurice], 5th Marquess of Lansdowne;  d. 3 Jan 1965), 3rd dau. of Gilbert John [Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound], 4th Earl of Minto, by his wife Mary Caroline Grey, 4th dau. of Gen Hon Charles Grey (by his wife Caroline Eliza Farquhar, 1st dau. of Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar, 2nd Bt.), 2nd son of Charles [Grey], 2nd Earl Grey


1. Hon Gavin Astor, later 2nd Baron Astor of Hever

2. Lt Col Hon Hugh Waldorf Astor JP, Deputy Chairman The Times Publishing Co 1959-66, High Sheriff of Berkshire 1963-64, Primer Warden Fishmongers' Company 1976-77 (b. 20 Nov 1920; d. 7 Jun 1999), mar. 8 Nov 1950 Emily Lucy Kinloch (b. 27 Aug 1930; d. 27 Dec 2013), 1st dau. of Sir Alexander Davenport Kinloch of Gilmerton, 12th Bt., by his first wife Alexandra Dalziel, dau. of Frederick Y Dalziel, of New York, New York, USA, and had issue

3. Hon John Astor, served in World War II 1942-46 as F/Lt RAFVR, Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Newbury 1964-74, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister of Overseas Development 1970 (b. 26 Sep 1923; d. 1987), mar. (1) 19 Jul 1950 Diana Kathleen Drummond (d. 1982), 4th dau. of George Henry Drummond, of Mount Rule, Isle of Man, and (2) 1982 Penelope Eve Rolt (former wife of David Rolt; mar. (3) 12 Jul 1995 as his fourth wife George John Charles [Mercer Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice], 8th Marquess of Lansdowne; d. 31 Dec 2006), dau. of Cdr George Francis Norton Bradford RN, and had issue by his first wife


19 Jul 1971


21 Jan 1956 Baron Astor of Hever, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

suc. by



joined 1st Life Guards 1906; ADC to the Viceroy of India 1911-14; served in World War I 1914-18 as Maj; chief proprietor of The Times 1922-66; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Dover 1922-45; president or member of numerous councils and committees and chairman or director of many commercial organizations


Gavin [Astor], 2nd Baron Astor of Hever


1 Jun 1918


4 Oct 1945 Lady Irene Violet Freesia Janet Augusta Haig (b. 7 Oct 1919; d. 12 Aug 2001), 3rd dau. of Douglas [Haig], 1st Earl Haig, by his wife Hon Dorothy Maud Vivian, 2nd dau. of Hussey Crespigny [Vivian], 3rd Baron Vivian


1. Hon John Jacob Astor, later 3rd Baron Astor of Hever

2. Hon Philip Douglas Paul Astor, of Flat 3, 6 Embankment Gardens, London, barrister (b. 4 Apr 1959)

1. Hon Bridget Mary Astor (b. 16 Feb 1948), mar. (1) 1980 (div. 1986) Count Arthur Tarnowski (b. c. 1930; d. 30 Jun 2012), 2nd son of Count Hieronim Tarnowski, of Poland, and (2) 1989 Geoffrey Richard Smith, of Sellack House, Sellack, Ross-on-Wye, co. Hereford, 4th son of James William Smith, of Eywood House, Titley, co. Hereford, and has issue by both husbands

2. Hon (Elizabeth) Louise Astor (b. 1 Mar 1951), mar. (1) 1979 (div. 1981) David John Shelton Herring, and (2) 1985 Dr David Joseph Ward, of Sauvey Castle Farm, Withcote, Oakham, co. Leicester, son of Dr Joseph Ward, of Tancrey, Fordwich, Canterbury, co. Kent, and has issue by her second husband

3. Hon Sarah Violet Astor (b. 30 Sep 1953), mar. 22 Feb 1975 Hon George Edward Lopes, of Gnaton Hall, Yealmpton, co. Devon (b. 22 Feb 1945), 2nd son of Massey Henry Edgcumbe [Lopes], 2nd Baron Roborough, by his wife Helen Dawson, only dau. of Lt Col Edward Alfred Finch Dawson JP, of Launde Abbey, co. Leicester, and has issue


28 Jun 1984

suc. by



John Jacob [Astor], 3rd Baron Astor of Hever


16 Jun 1946

mar. (1)

18 Jul 1970 (div. 1990) Fiona Diana Lennox Harvey, 3rd dau. of Capt Roger Edward Lennox Harvey, of Parliament Piece, Ramsbury, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Diana Eira Claude Mainwaring, 1st dau. of Sir Henry Stapleton Mainwaring, 5th and last Bt.

children by first wife:

1. Hon Camilla Fiona Astor (b. 8 May 1974), mar. Dominic M Trusted, 2nd son of Timothy Trusted, and has issue

2. Hon Tania Jentie Astor (b. 18 Apr 1978)

3. Hon Violet Magdalene Astor (b. 1980)

mar. (2)

5 May 1990 Hon Elizabeth Constance Chagrin (former wife of (1) Timothy Cutting; and (2) Nicolas Chagrin), 2nd dau. of John [Mackintosh], 2nd Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax, by his first wife Bronda Fibiger, only dau. of Louis John Fibiger, of South Shields, co. Durham

children by second wife:

1. Hon Charles Gavin John Astor (b. 10 Nov 1990)

4. Hon Olivia Alexandra Astor (b. 21 Aug 1992)


elected to the House of Lords 1999


 Last updated 14 Jan 2013




3rd Baron Astor of Hever, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 21 Jan 1956)



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